From Bubbles to Cloud: The Evolution of Enterprise 2.0

Since New York Times columnist/blogger Marci Alboher just praised my ‘whimsical and thoughtful’ drawings and my previous article was all text, I thought I’d better hurry up and invite NYT readers onboard with a whimsical-and-thoughtful. Here’s my attempt at a right-brained model of Enterprise 2.0 capability maturity:

Bubbles to cloud

The picture is also a nice start to some ideas I hope to post on the idea of the entire world of technology+people as a single giant computer. There is a lot of excitement around Matrix/Terminator-like Skynet visions at the moment. IEEE Spectrum, just ran a cover feature on the notion of the singularity, or as they aptly called it, “The Rapture of the Geeks”, and Kevin Kelly of Wired joined in with thoughts on the global computer becoming more complex than a human brain, with peer Chris Anderson weighing in with some commentary. We should all credit Nick Carr with starting this round in this interesting conversation with the Big Switch, and also his related recent piece in the Atlantic, Is Google Making us Stupid? (though of course, it goes back decades). The Ray Kurzweil devotees over at the Singularity Institute have been really going at this topic on their blog, Overcoming Bias.
I did my bit of zeitgeist-spotting, as you may recall, with my Mousetrap 2.0 comicbook. I have a major writing project in the works on these themes.

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